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Kevin Barnes

Toronot , Ontario , CANADA

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01. How old were you when you started playing your instrument?/ Quel âge aviez-vous quand vous avez commencé à jouer votre instrument ?

02. Why did you choose your instrument?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi cet instrument ?
When I was in grade 6 and about to pick an instrument, my dad managed to convince me that the trumpet was far superior to all other instruments.

03. Describe some of your professional goals./Décrivez quelques-unes de vos ambitions professionnelles.
I would like to play the trumpet professionally in both orchestral and chamber settings (and anywhere else I can). I'm also interested in management and artistic planning for symphony orchestras, theatres, etc.

04. What are your other interests and/or hobbies?/ Quels sont vos autres intérêts ou passe-temps?
I like reading, biking, seeing good art, and gallivanting around Toronto with my girlfriend.

05. Do you write/arrange your own music?/ Êtes-vous compositeur ou arrangeur de votre propre musique ?
In my second year of university I did some composing, but not much since then.

06. Who is your favourite classical musician?/ Quel est votre artiste (musicien) préféré ?
Some of my favourite trumpeters are Wynton Marsalis, Alison Balsom, Gabor Tarkovi, etc.

07. What is your favourite piece of music?/ Quel est votre morceau préféré ?
Truly impossible to decide, but I love the music of Mahler, Stravinsky, Schumann, and Bach.

08. What is your favourite concerto for your instrument?/ Quel est votre concerto préféré pour votre instrument?
Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in Eb major.

09. For returning members: What is your fondest memory from a previous session and/or tour?/ Pour participants vétérans : Quels sont vos souvenirs préférés de la session ou tournée précédente de l’ONJC ?
I loved the camaraderie formed with the rest of the orchestra, and I especially loved being tacet in the fourth movement of Mahler 9. Just sitting and listening was an other-worldly experience, every single time.

10. What made you decide to pursue classical music?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi une formation en musique classique ?
Classical music has this amazing power to communicate emotions and ideas and tell stories. It totally absorbs me and the more I became involved with it when I was younger the more I realized that I wanted to become a person who helps bring it to others.

11. What do you think is the biggest challenge you face in your pursuit of a career in music?/ Quel est le plus grand obstacle à surmonter afin de poursuivre une carrière en musique ?
Achieving perfection on my instrument and finding satisfying work in a world full of very talented musicians are two demanding challenges I see in ahead of me.

12. Why did you choose to apply to NYO Canada?/ Pourquoi avez-vous choisi de poser votre candidature pour NYO Canada?
It's a great program with great faculty and great musicians.

13. How do you feel you will benefit from participation in NYO Canada?/ Comment bénéficierez-vous de votre participation dans le programme de NYO Canada?
For me, it's all about learning from others - other young musicians, faculty members, conductors, etc. At NYOC, there are so many experienced musicians in one place you can almost learn by osmosis.

14. Were you accepted to any other summer music programs this year?/ Avez-vous été accepté/e à tout autre programme musical estival cette année?

15. If you weren’t touring with the NYO Canada, what would you be doing during the summer?/ Si vous n’étiez pas en tournée avec NYO Canada, que feriez-vous cet été?
I would be practicing, trying to pick up some gigs, and working.

16. What was the proudest moment of your music career thus far?/ Jusqu’ici, quel est le moment de votre carrière musicale qui vous a apporté le plus de fierté?
It's hard to pinpoint a singular moment. For me, a small victory in the practice room and the feeling after you play a great recital can be equally as rewarding. Any moment in which I feel happy about the music I've just made is a proud moment.

17. What scholarships, if any, have you been awarded in the past year?/ Quelles bourses, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
TSYO Leadership Scholarship - $500

18. What awards, if any, have you won in the past year?/ Quels prix, le cas échéant, avez-vous remporté au cours de la dernière année?
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